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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70
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Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70

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Reviewed yesterday

The title says it all. The views from the ramparts are stunning and the Chateau itself is really interesting. We spent a good couple of hours here. Well worth the entrance fee and definitely good for kids!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I put off traveling from Montpellier to Carcassonne because of its reputation for large tourist crowds, but I visited in early June, and it was raining that day, which turned out to be a blessing crowd-wise and photography-wise with dramatic clouds in the background. The...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A fantastically restored chateaux and ramparts Plenty to see with the museum Detailed audio tour worth the extra price. Downside was the audio tour were not supplied with headphones making the listening to the commentary clumsy

Thank Colin W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The remnants of the fortress area are good--including streets to wander, shops, places to eat and the basilica--but the chateau area is the cream of the cream. You can climb watch towers for good views of the interior spaces and excellent ones of the fortress...More

Thank termar
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chateu is worth a visit because allows you to the in a Chateau inside of the Medieval City wall. Views are outstanding.

Thank Carlos V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a holiday weekend, big mistake, place over crowded and full of shops selling cheap goods at expensive prices. Restaurant prices were reasonable though. Will not go again.

Thank Nick T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a great experience. Yes maybe lots of tourist shops but to be there. To walk the ramparts, look at the amazing views and the history. Not overly busy or expensive. Fab couple of days x

Thank Dawn F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our top tip for this part of le citie is to either book ahead, go early or be prepared to queue. We had to queue for about 30 + mins which was tiring in the hot sun. We paid the minimum entrance of €9 but...More

1  Thank Tigger103
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An unforgettable place wish is so full of history. We visited in May and the old city was very crowded. The whole of the old city, apart from the fortifications, is full of restaurants, bars and shops from high to reasonable price range and it...More

1  Thank Mandybar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This formed the main part of our trip. The flow through the chateau and ramparts is well thought out and there is plenty to read and see. Awesome views! Well worth €10 but I'd advise you book your tickets in advance. We booked ours whilst...More

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Pavel H
Hi, do you have to pay to visit the rampats in Carcassonne? What are the opening hours? Thank you :) Pavel
8 June 2016|
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Response from markwood | Reviewed this property |
there are both the inner and outer ramparts. The outer are free. You pay for the inner. I think its 11/12 euros for the inner
is it correct that if I buy ticket for Chateau et ramparts de la Cite de Carcassonne ( euro 8.50 ) I will be able to see all the places to see in Carcassonne with that ticket ? Cathar castles, Chateau Comtal, Basilica St. Nazaire, Place Carnot, Lices hautes, Narbonne gate, Carcassonne cathedral ?
20 February 2015|
Response from JamesCarcassonne |
The Chateau Comtal is a "Cathar Castle" but you would never guess it from the Tourist literature. The other 50 or so Cathar Castles are miles away and most of them charge entry fees. So the answer for Cathar Castles is... More